Spelt, if you don't know it, is an "ancient grain" that is somehow related to wheat. It's often considered healthier and more complete than regular wheat flour.
But I just like the taste of it.
Last summer when I was visiting this charming country town, I tried spelt shortbread at a little organic bakery. I fell so deeply in love and I vowed to recreate it at home sometime.
Well I finally did...
These simple cookies are so unassuming... but I'm warning you, they are surprisingly spectacular! They may not look like much, but they're a real treat : )
The wholegrain spelt flour gives them a delicious nutty flavour (and ups their nutrition profile too), and mixed with the brown sugar and butter they become a total indulgence!
They are definitely must-try.
Delicious Spelt Shortbread Cookies
2 cups spelt flour
1 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup slivered almonds
The chocolate and almonds are optional of course. You could make the basic shortbread on its own, or add anything.... hazelnuts, dried fruit, coconut.... anything you fancy!
Cream butter and sugar. Gradually mix in the flour. Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thick. Cut/press into desired shapes. Bake at 375 degrees on an ungreased baking sheet for approx. 25 minutes.